Why Reggie McKenzie Must Retain Hue Jackson

Is it the Raider Hating media or is there some fact in all this wild speculation of Reggie McKenzie tossing Hue Jackson to the curb? It is hard to say considering McKenzie has yet to even put a pad of Post-Its on his desk yet he’s supposedly ready to fire Coach Jackson.

Really? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m on the record saying one of McKenzie’s first tasks must be to set the tone. I’m all for shaking things up but this is a move that seems a little drastic.

Then again, it could also be a stroke of genius. For all we know McKenzie might have the Al Davis touch. That innate ability to make tough decisions that stir the pot but ultimately create a winning recipe.

Time will tell on that. But you could make an argument either way.

On the one hand another firing means starting over once again the East Bay. Coach Jackson’s mouth might write checks his backside can’t cash but it beats the silence of Art Shell or the douche-scented mumblings of Lane Kiffin.

Also, let’s not forget how much Jackson has done for Oakland’s offense. Need I remind you how bad things were with Tom Cable calling the shots? The Raiders couldn’t find the end zone with a Thomas Guide, GPS and air traffic control showing the way. Have we as Raider Nation forgotten the dreadful days of the bed & breakfast coordinator?

I’m not willing to sit through another feeling out process. Say what you will of Jackson but before he was the head coach the Raiders had yet to sellout an entire season since returning to the Bay.

McKenzie might not like Hue but I’m sure Mark Davis enjoyed all that extra coin Jackson pumped into the silver and black piggy bank.

However I can also see the need to take this franchise in a different direction.

Currently there are more questions than answers on the Raider roster.

Is Carson Palmer truly the best bet to get this team back to dominance? That is a move made by Hue and Hue alone. Time will tell but so far the returns are more mixed than a hippie’s homemade trail mix.

Are Richard Seymour, Kamerion Wimbley, Stanford Routt and Rolando McClain worth their weight in guaranteed money? While Hue had nothing to do with those transactions it would be ideal for McKenzie to conduct a little cleanup on defense.

No matter how you slice it Reggie McKenzie has plenty of tough calls to make. I’m of the belief that canning Jackson is one he should take a flier on. This relationship needs at least one year to sort everything out. Starting from scratch might be necessary but not right now.

Right now it makes more sense to stay the course. Remember Coach Jackson didn’t have the full compliment of offseason practices to get his team up to speed. McKenzie owes it to himself, the franchise and most important of all the fans to give this situation the benefit of the doubt.

That is not to say that McKenzie shouldn’t turn up the temperature on Hue’s seat. It is pretty obvious that the inherited power went to Hue’s head like a shot of 151 does an 80-pound gymnast. McKenzie will have to rein that in. That is what we call a challenge. There will be plenty more to come so no need to create more. At least not just yet.

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Tags: Art Shell Carson Palmer Hue Jackson Kamerion Wimbley Lane Kiffin Mark Davis Reggie McKenzie Richard Seymour Rolando McClain Stanford Routt Tom Cable

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